Shaun Deeb’s WSOP run ends after improbable beat

Posted by Steve Ruddock on Jul 15, 2011 Posted in WSOP News | No Comments »

It was a long day at the Rio as over 1,800 well-rested players returned to continue their quest for poker immortality at the 2011 World Series of Poker Main Event after their brief respite on Wednesday. Despite action all over the place, with big name poker pros and celebrities still in the running Day 3 of the 2011 WSOP Main Event will go down in the poker annals as “Shaun Deeb Bad-Beat Day”, after the online poker star took what may very well be one of the worst beats in WSOP history –rivaling Jennifer Harmon’s loss to a rivered straight-flush and Humberto Brenes vs. Chris Moneymaker with AA vs. 88 all-in on the flop.

With both players sitting behind fairly large stacks, Deeb, who was on the featured table, found himself getting 6-bet all-in by young German poker pro Max Heinzellman and quickly called holding pocket Aces. Heinzellman revealed a Joseph Cheong-esque A6, and with no legitimate flush or straight potential was about to bust out of the WSOP Main Event… until a 6 appeared on the flop and a second 6 hit the river. The loss crippled Deeb, and he was soon eliminated from the tournament.

Because of the situation, and the fact that it will be shown on TV, this has to be considered one of the worst beats in modern WSOP history, which might take a little of the sting of the beat since Deeb will now be immortalized and remembered if for nothing else, losing with AA to A6 in a bog pot at the WSOP. As one Twitter user, Scott Novak, put it: “hey shaun deeb, you just took one of the grossest beats of your life for a huge stack semi-live on espn, congratulations you’re famous”

Making matters worse for Deeb; upon returning to his hotel room after giving a few short interviews and taking the entire debacle like a true pro, he discovered a missing item: “the day may have offically gone even worse think maid at vdara stole my laptop” Deeb wrote on his Twitter page.

Despite all of this, Deeb turned up at the Aria shortly thereafter to play some cash-games, which means he is either extremely tilted or the most untiltable player in poker history!

As for Heinzellman, he couldn’t hang on to the chips he took off of Deeb and by the end of day 3 was down to around 280k, but he did pick up the Joe Cada/Filippo Candio WSOP Luckbox of the Day Award.

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